When they decided to tweak their sound on their second EP, Rochester, New York duo Roses & Revolutions had to have known they were on to something awfully good. Rooted in confessional singer-songwriter fare, guitarist Matt Merritt and singer Alyssa Coco have ventured further into pop on Torch, the sound broad enough to appeal to fans of alternative, mainstream country, and even R&B. Well-rounded and bolstered by tremendous hooks from start to finish, this is a record that deserves to be noticed.
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If a band has a reputation as an off-the-charts great live act, they’d sure as hell better make that feeling translate on their studio recordings. If the 13 songs on Alright Alright Alright are any indication, Brooklyn band the Benjees have that part of their music nailed down, but good. A frenetic mix of punk, funk, disco, soul, blues, and hip hop, this debut album goes out of its way to make you like it, and it’s admittedly unavoidable. If that isn’t enough, this sucker was recorded in only two days, which shows you just how tight the band is.
The coureurs de bois were French Canadian woodsmen who traversed the wilderness of North America, learning the ways of the natives as they hunted for fur pelts and explored. Nashville musician Nick Beaudoing, being of 100 percent French Canadian descent, named his band Runner of the Woods, a literal translation of coureur de bois, and his love of nature fits right into the rustic aesthetic of the band’s new album Thirsty Valley. The American influences are easy to pinpoint – some Bakersfield country here, some Centro-Matic there – but most interesting is how you can her a lot of contemporary Canadian roots rock on this charming album, such as the Wooden Sky, Cuff the Duke, and the Deep Dark Woods. It’s pastoral, ragged, and likeable, and we’re pleased to premiere the album.
The brainchild of producer David “DavO” Richardson and singer Krylon Superstar, San Francisco queer electro/hip-hop duo Double Duchess are set to release their debut full-length All Eyes on Me next week. A raucous, pulsating mix of brisk beats and minimalist arrangements, the record is a reflection of their renowned live show, and is highlighted by a stunning, murky cover of Grace Jones’s classic 1980 song “Bullshit”. We’re very pleased to premiere the new album here, which you can stream in its entirety below.
Nashville blues rock band the Delta Saints are set to release their fifth studio album Bones next month, and if the new track “Heavy Hammer” is any indication, fans will be in for a healthy dose of swampy, hard-edged blues. With its wicked use of slide guitar and undeniable groove, it echoes the Black Keys, Clutch, and Led Zeppelin all at once, and we’re very glad to premiere the song here today.